Embracing Opposition — 1 Peter
Peter is writing to Jewish believers who were living in what is modern day Turkey (Asia Minor). These believers were far from the safety of their homeland (Israel) and were facing opposition from Jewish zealots, the Romans, culture and each other. Living as exiles meant no one would’ve blamed them for losing their desire to remain holy/separate from the world, but Peter was writing to challenge them not to give up. He then tells them throughout the book how to embrace the opposition, not just endure it. Join us as we see how we can apply these challenges from Peter in our days.
What do you say to end a long letter you wrote to a group of people you love and for whom you are deeply concerned? If you want something to be remembered, you repeat it. Then you repeat it again! And that’s what Peter did when he said, “Stand firm, Stand firm, Stand firm!” We will do well to heed those same words.